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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


The Space Race: Regulatory requirements for space launch and transmission in Australia

28 June 2022

On 8 September 2021, the Australian Space Agency (the ASA) gave the go-ahead for the first commercial rocket launch to take place in Australia. Southern Launch’s Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex was chosen to be the launch pad for a Taiwanese company’s two-staged suborbital hybrid rocket. This approval for Australia’s first commercial rocket launch comes as Australia seeks to increase its presence within the global space economy, as well as encourage greater investment in domestic capabilities and industry.

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